‘The Franchise’ Cast Details
Sam Mendes and Armando Iannucci’s HBO series ‘The Franchise’ added Billy Magnussen, Jessica Hynes, Darren Goldstein, Lolly Adefope, Isaac Powell, Daniel Brühl, and Richard E. Grant. The show was created by Mendes and Iannucci for HBO.
The Franchise follows a hopeful team imprisoned within the dysfunctional, stupid, happy hellscape that is franchise superhero filmmaking. If and when they eventually make it there, they must answer the following question. In the series, Magnussen plays the role of Adam, Hynes plays Steph, Goldstein plays Pat, Adefope is Dag, and Powell plays Peter, while the recurring guest stars are Brühl as Eric, and Grant as Peter.
Created by Mendes and is his first work as a filmmaker in a U.S. directorial project. Mendes has previously directed Empire of Light and 1917.
Read the pilot’s logline via The Playlist:
It follows a hopeful crew trapped inside the dysfunctional, nonsensical, joyous hellscape of franchise superhero moviemaking. If and when they finally make the day, there’s a question they must face: Is this Hollywood’s new dawn or cinema’s last stand? Is this a dream factory or a chemical plant?
Jon Brown, who created the pilot and will executive produce alongside Pippa Harris, Nicolas Brown, Julie Pastor, Keith Akushie, Marina Hyde, and Jim Kleverweis. The Franchise will be executive produced by Iannucci, under his Dundee Productions banner, and Mendes, through his All3Media-backed production business Neal Street Productions. Mendes, the Oscar winner for his work on American Beauty, will also direct.
Magnussen is best known for his roles in the films Into the Woods (2014), Birth of the Dragon (2016), Game Night (2018), and Aladdin (2019), as well as on television in Get Shorty (2017) and Maniac (2018). He also appeared in the HBO Max series “Made for Love.”